tv-2013-fallHey people, have you noticed?? The networks are trying very hard (again) to capture your valuable viewing time! I don’t know about you, but I have taken notice, and my PVR will be working overtime! This fall, there are some new sure-fire must-watch shows, a few interesting borderline wait-&-see shows, and many dead-on-arrival filler shows (which I won’t talk about). So, here are my recommendations of 2013-2014 TV season that you should sacrifice your valuable time to:

  • tv-marvel-agents-of-shieldMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Ohhhh yeah! I can hardly wait for this spinoff of the blockbuster  movie smash hit the Avengers by none other than the genius and my hero Joss Whedon. Whaat? You haven’t watched the Avengers yet? No worries, Whedon’s talented team should keep all action fans coming back for more. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg from the movie) assembles a team of top-secret agents who investigate threats to humanity (Crossing my fingers to see the occasional guest star / cameo appearance by a few superheroes!) (Tue Sep-24, 8:00pm, ABC, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • tv-the-crazy-onesThe Crazy Ones – Wow, has it really been THIRTY-TWO years since Robin Williams starred in a TV show?? 32 years since Mork & Mindy, the comedy that made Robin Williams a household name! Man, I feel old… And Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of the cult-hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer will also be starring in this sitcom as a father and daughter team?  Just watch the 2-min trailer (click here), and you will have a brief taste of the comedic genius of Robin Williams (FYI this is from the same creator as Ally McBeal) (Thu Sep-26, 9:00pm, CBS, see trailer) – onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • tv-michael-j-fox-showThe Michael J. Fox Show – OMG! Michael J. Fox is back??? NBC is so banking on the success of this sitcom that they have already bought 22 episodes of this new series, a rarity in the TV industry these days. Michael J. Fox is executive producer and plays a family man who happens to have Parkinson’s disease, a condition that the actor has had since the 1990s (Thu Sep-26, 9:30pm NBC, but pilot airs 9:00pm-10:00pm, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • tv-blacklistThe Blacklist – James Spader is a 3-time Emmy award winner who is now  in this thriller  that screams Silence of the Lambs: an international criminal who sells out his contacts in exchange for immunity but will only deal with one particular female FBI agent – no her name is not Clarisse. The trailer has me hooked! (Mon Sep-23, 10:00pm, CBS, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • tv-hostagesHostages – Another producer that never sleeps: Jerry Bruckheimer’s political thriller starring Dylan McDermott (The Practice) is about a surgeon who is blackmailed to botch the U.S. president’s operation. Like Missing (with Ashley Judd), the premise makes this thriller seems better off as a mini-series, Will Hostages‘ McDermott or Blacklist‘s Spader win this time slot? Thank God for PVR’s! (Mon Sep-23, 10:00pm, NBC, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”
  • tv-brooklyn-nine-nineBrooklyn Nine-NineSNL‘s Andy Samberg is hilarious in everything he does, and is paired with veteran Andre Braugher (Homocide) as the straight man by-the-books captain. Many are saying this will be the best new comedy of the season. (Tue Sep-17, 8:30pm, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • tv-masterchef_juniorMasterChef Junior – OMG! Potty-mouthed Gordon Ramsey is going to be teamed up with kids between 8 to 13 years old?? Could this be a recipe for disaster or a genius idea for a ratings winfall? This could teach kids who tune in that cooking is actually cool! I’m making my kids watch this one!! (Fri Sep-27, 8:00pm, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • tv-once-upon-time-wonderlandOnce Upon a Time in Wonderland – I saw the commercial for this and thought the trailer was very well done. It adds new details to a familiar story but tells a completely different one (Just like Once Upon a Time). The producers have said that you don’t have to have watched Once to get it. (Thu Oct-10, 8:00pm, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”
  • tv-tomorrow-peopleThe Tomorrow People – If you like Heroes and X-Men, then you’ve seen the Tomorrow People, and you may want to tune in. About teens with hidden superpowers that are being chased by a group of scientists who want to exterminate them. (Wed Oct-9, 9:00pm, CW, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”
  • tv-almost-humanAlmost Human – This futuristic crime drama borrows from Robocop. It may be worth a look as it comes from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe). It’s about a cop who gets a new android partner who’s too human, but loathes it as he lost his previous partner due to a less compassionate android model. (Mon Nov-4, 8:00pm, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”
  • tv-believe-nbcBelieve – Yet another TV show produced by the genius of J. J. Abrams (Does this guy ever take a break?). About a young girl that has hidden powers that many bad people are chasing after (in the vein of Touch) and a man who was removed from a prison hired to protect her (mid-season, TBA, NBC, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • PilotThe 100 – Out of 4000 survivors of a nuclear holocaust living on space stations in the distant future, 100 juvenile delinquents are sent down to test if Earth is habitable, as they are running out of resources. There are familiar undertones of Hunger Games, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Lord of the Flies. I feel that this could be an interesting sci-fi drama! PS. there are going to be deaths (mid-season, TBA, CW, see trailer) onomeister says “GIVE IT A CHANCE”

Blue-Jays-2013-SportsnetDoes anyone remember 1992 & 1993? It’s the last time the Toronto Blue Jays, Canada’s only Major League Baseball team won the coveted World Series championship, and they won it two years consecutively! I still get shivers watching Joe Carter hitting that walk-off series-winning homerun. Wow, 20 years! Has it been that long now?

Fast forward to 2013. If you have been living in a hole, you may not be aware that the Blue Jays have had a very busy off-season with two blockbuster trades and several key moves. Now, all of a sudden, even Las Vegas oddsmakers have put the Blue Jays with the best odds of winning in 2013.

So what happened, you say? November 2012: GM Alex Anthopoulos makes a humongous trade with the Florida Marlins. This trade got the Jays an all-star shortstop and lead-off hitter Jose Reyes, all-star starting pitcher Josh Johnson, all-star veteran starter and ultra-reliable Mark Buehrle, and speedy utilityman Emilio Bonifacio who can play the infield or the outfield.

A few days later, Anthopoulos decides to give a second chance to all-star left-fielder Melky Cabrera who just came off a 50-game suspension for using a performance-enhancing substance.

Then, December 2012: the GM pulls off another blockbuster trade and gets all-star and reigning Cy Young Award winner (of NL) and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Two main questions arise that will be answered as the season goes on: Will the team remain healthy, unlike the 2012 Jays that were decimated by injuries? Was the price of all the top-10 prospects and young talent that was given up in the trades too expensive?

There’s a real buzz going around Toronto and the rest of Canada. Toronto has been starving for a playoff-calibre team whether in baseball, hockey, or basketball. For the first time in 20 years, we have a team that can truly contend with the best of the best! This could be the year! I finally have reason to get Rogers One to watch me some HD games! FINALLY!

Blue Jays World Series Bets at Bovada Sportsbook

Check out the well-made video below by a Jays fan of the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays! Go Jays Go!

In 2012, photographers were posting 1.8 million photos PER DAY on Flickr! That’s 28 photos per second! Are you one of them? Here’s hoping 2013 will get you that elusive beautiful shot (or 2). To all my blog fans, WordPress bloggers, and photographers, I wish you a productive 2013! Here’s a creative shot by Edd Sowden, thank you for starting 2013 with this cute photo!

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photo credit: Edd Sowden (unshopped!)